Hillary Clinton back at work - with a football helmet
January 7th, 2013
01:04 PM ET

Hillary Clinton back at work - with a football helmet

Hillary Clinton went back to work as secretary of state this morning and was greeted by colleagues showing off their sense of humor.

First off, we got the official State Department photo of her hosting the weekly meeting of assistant secretaries of state. All very appropriate.

But then came word from spokeswoman Victoria Nuland that there had been some teasing too.

Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides handed Clinton a box, saying, "As you know, Washington is a contact sport."

"Inside was a football helmet with a State Department seal,  lots of good padding and also a football jersey that said Clinton on the back and on the front it says #112 which symbolizes the number of countries she visited as secretary of state," Nuland said.

"She loved it.  She thought it was cool.  But then being Hillary Clinton she wanted to get right to business."

Clinton had been out for a while, being treated for a blood clot.

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  1. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Your country is falling apart but they are all having a good time. Wake up people!

    January 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Collins Arthur


      January 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol s kel, yup some of em are but if you notice Hillary has quite a large fan club. And to the idiot posting "she faked it", you CANT fake a blood clot foolio!

    January 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    Welcome back

    January 8, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Russell Brown

      in 1,460 days this leader will be our new commander and chief ,

      January 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Walker

      In 1,460 days you may not have a US of A of AMERICANS...you need to wake up. The Clintons, like the Bush's and Obama's are evil.
      Go check out the Mena Connection on the tube. They also have many interesting videos on the 'counts' of the Clintons.. would NOT want to be anywhere near either of them.
      Education is a wonderful thing...but ONLY if you want it!

      January 18, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • budlydoright

      Word is that the inside of the helmet is lined with tinfoil.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • The Eternal Satyr

      Yeah, welcome back you fat, pasty, cankley, bad haircut, window-licking, short-bus riding loser. Glad your giant, saggy, wealthy elitist butt is back to whatever it is you do for a paycheck.

      (I'll take the 1st amendment over the 2nd any day.)

      January 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Looks like she got a face lift. The dark rim glasses hide it but she does look less haggard. Blood clot from a concussion? I don't think so, may if they said Bill pushed her I would have believed it.

      "What difference does it make?"

      Depends on what the definition of "it" is. I remember good old Slick Willy using that one when it lied.

      January 24, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. lweba

    I was thinking as a way to protect kids in schools, I heard book-packs are made with bulletproof materials what about military helmets? They would give them added protection also.

    January 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      Iweba please we need much stricter LAWS not have our Kids in a bubble. I have hunted for 50 years never shot over 2 times at a deer. But have heard many that do. guns should all be max of 5 shots.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cookie

    Cute, but who paid for it? Taxpayers?

    January 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twosocks42

      I work for a state agency. Every once and a while, we get each other something for special occasions or as a congratulatory gift for retirement.

      We pay for these things out of our own pocket.

      I imagine these folks could manage to do the same.

      January 9, 2013 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • The Eternal Satyr

      Of course they comp'd it. They rarely pay for anything themselves and, when they do, their payroll is drawn from the public coffers.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |


    Let us all rejoice and give thanks amen.

    January 9, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Clarke

    Glad she is up and about. Stay well mrs. Clinton.

    January 9, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. LSU

    whew! scared to death it was gonna say "Crimson Tide." That face and that helmet – too much to bear.

    January 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. heathergirl1234

    I am just waiting to see if she ever makes it to a Congressional hearing. Obviously she was ill and so she missed a date for one, but it's not as if that was the only one she has canceled.

    I always find it amusing that people will defend three cancelations, by pointing to the reason for just one cancalation!

    January 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jake from Upton

    The number on the jersey should have been 16

    January 13, 2013 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. danny

    Also heard that Bill was happier than he has been in years, Hillary lost her memory and does not remebr about his man many affairs.

    January 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pete

    Great fun! I look forward to the occasion she shows up in a clown's outfit. And look at the dummies applauding.

    January 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. paul

    the whole thing was probably a big ruse as she was probably taking a few weeks off for some Plastic Surgery. takes the face a while to heal, bruises to go away, etc.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bribarian

    what happened in Benghazi hillary?

    January 16, 2013 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Rita

      Yeah, Hillary, what happened in Benghazi? Oh, I forgot – you are leaving the State Department so you will pass the blame on down like a good little bureaucrat. Getting ready 2016, are you?

      January 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andrew C.

    I think Clinton could be a pretty good president. She has a lot of the essential qualities and experiences, but isn't this the second time she has had blood clot? That is pretty serious. I don't think taking the most stressful job in the world would be the best thing for her to do, at least for her health anyways.

    February 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
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